Sunday liquor-sales ban: Where God and Mammon intersect

Georgia is one of only three states in the country that do not allow sales of alcohol on Sunday. If the Christian Coalition and other social conservatives get their way, that’s how things are gonna stay.

In one sense, it’s not a major issue. At least not to most of us. Sure, it would be more convenient to be able to pick up a six-pack of beer or a bottle of wine at the grocery store on Sunday, rather than having to plan ahead. And yes, it’s pretty strange to see the beer aisle at my local Publix darkened one day a week just to satisfy a state law that serves no real purpose. However, with teachers being furloughed and thousands of Georgians in danger of losing health insurance, legislators do have more important things to worry about than ending a minor inconvenience.

On the other hand, the issue seems to matter a good deal to the Christian Coalition and its social conservative allies. They see preserving the law as a way to demonstrate their continued influence at the General Assembly. Yes, it’s merely symbolic, but in politics as well as religion, symbolism is important.

At the moment, legislation to allow voters at the local level to decide for themselves whether to allow Sunday sales is tied up in the state Senate. State Sen. Chip Rogers, the Senate majority leader, acknowledges that Senate Republicans won’t allow the bill to the floor for a vote unless a majority of the 34-member Republican caucus approves of it. (I’ve long wondered whether the GOP caucus operated under such a restriction; Rogers’ statement is the first public acknowledgment that I’ve seen of the practice.)

In effect, that rule gives 17 Republican senators — just 30 percent of the 56-member Senate — the power to block any legislation. And from what I can tell, a devilish alliance between social conservatives and politically powerful liquor-store owners who don’t want the expense of opening on Sunday has kept the bill from overcoming that obstacle.

(While the bill wouldn’t compel liquor-store owners to open Sunday, competitive pressures would force most of them to do so. In effect, store owners opposing the change want to keep government regulation intact because it helps to keep their costs low. They can sell seven days’ worth of product in just six days, and they want to keep it that way).

It’s all a pretty silly dustup over a pretty silly law. But in a way, the pure silliness of the law enhances its symbolic power. There’s no better reminder of who’s in charge than a law that is absolutely silly and that you have no choice but to obey anyway.

That’s exactly why some people are fighting hard to keep it.

It’s also the best reason I can think of to abolish it.

– Jay Bookman

173 comments Add your comment

Normal

February 16th, 2011
2:48 pm

Nice Guy, from below in case you missed it…

Nice Guy

February 16th, 2011
2:07 pm

BHO has a title…President Of The United States.

Rush has no title and is a Disc Jockey, period

Normal

February 16th, 2011
2:50 pm

Where do the Baptists meet on Saturday night? At the local liquor store stocking up for Sunday.

Kamchak

February 16th, 2011
2:56 pm

So, once again self righteous asshats won’t allow the voters to decide.

SSDD

0311/0317 - 1811/1801

February 16th, 2011
2:56 pm

Jay:

I really feel strongly both ways on this.

1) First – I don’t like government over-regualtion and I might not like it if Jewish folks were to get Saturday included (even though I don’t drink).

2) Second – On the other hand, if the government can regulate other drugs (and alchohol is a drug; the one that causes the most harm in this country) way can’t they regulate alcohol? I think we all know that opening up Sunday will cause more DUI deaths that might otherwise not have occurred.

Torn !

Matti

February 16th, 2011
2:56 pm

What’s the difference between a Baptist and a Methodist? The Methodist will speak to you in the liquor store.

Southern Comfort (B.P.O.I.B.W.)

February 16th, 2011
2:56 pm

politically powerful liquor-store owners who don’t want the expense of opening on Sunday

Pardon the language, but that is a fu*king cop out. If the law passes, they can choose to close their business on Sundays. Every friggin’ fast food chain around is open on Sundays, but has that forced Truett Cathy to open Chick-Fil-A on Sundays??

NOPE.

The question the GOP needs to ask is how much sense does it make that I can drive to a restaurant and drink my hearts content, and then get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol and drive home. Yet, I can’t go out and buy it, turn around and drive home sober, and get plastered within the confines of my home and not endanger anyone else on the road….

Pure jackassery under the gold dome if I’ve ever seen it………. :roll:

Southern Comfort (B.P.O.I.B.W.)

February 16th, 2011
2:57 pm

I think we all know that opening up Sunday will cause more DUI deaths that might otherwise not have occurred.

BULLSH*T!!!!!!!!

You can already go out on a Sunday and get plastered at a bar.

jm

February 16th, 2011
2:59 pm

Can we just legalize Sunday alcohol sales so we don’t seem so back—-wards. I don’t particularly care either way, I just wish someone would go work on something more important….

0311/0317 - 1811/1801

February 16th, 2011
3:00 pm

Headline: “CARTER: Muslim ‘hood’ nothing to be afraid of’ ”

I bet he thinks the Klan ‘hood’ is something to be afraid of.

Peas in a pot !

0311/0317 - 1811/1801

February 16th, 2011
3:01 pm

Matti:

That’s old.

Look …………….. there goes a drunk puppy !

Matti

February 16th, 2011
3:03 pm

Scout,

You’re old. You wish you smelled as good as a puppy!

Kamchak

February 16th, 2011
3:05 pm

Daddy, why is that man trying to lure girls with puppies?

Daddy, what is a panel van?

0311/0317 - 1811/1801

February 16th, 2011
3:05 pm

Southern Comfort (B.P.O.I.B.W.) :

“I think we all know that opening up Sunday will cause more DUI deaths that might otherwise not have occurred.

BULLSH*T!!!!!!!!

You can already go out on a Sunday and get plastered at a bar.”

Think of it this way (and try not to be so rude).

Of the 10 million people in Georgia, how many teenagers would that equate to? They can’t drink in a bar but they can get someone older to buy for them in a store. The harder you make it for those teen to get alcohol, the more lives that are saved. Even if it’s only one innocent family per week or month …………… the question becomes is it worth it.

The family would say yes.

0311/0317 - 1811/1801

February 16th, 2011
3:05 pm

Matti & Kamchak:

Good ones !

0311/0317 - 1811/1801

February 16th, 2011
3:06 pm

Matti:

With my two six-month old boxers here I probably do smell like a puppy.

One Nation Under educated

February 16th, 2011
3:08 pm

On the day they don’t let this come to the floor, the Fox/AM radio talky-word is “nanny-state”.

What’s it like, to just have no shame? To just act like feral children all day? My 1 year olds baby poop has more consistency than the red state rednecks.

jo yo

February 16th, 2011
3:10 pm

I live in Alabama on the Georgia state line. On Sundays I pass the people from Georgia comming to Alabama to buy beer while I’m on the way to Georgia to buy lottery tickets. Don’t you just love the bible belt.

Jack

February 16th, 2011
3:15 pm

He’s right. It’s a silly law.

carlosgvv

February 16th, 2011
3:16 pm

The Christian Coalition is determined to impose their views on us whether we want them or not. Does that remind you of any other religion we’ve been hearing about since 9/11? If the Christian Coalition was completely in charge of our Government, does anyone honestly think they would be any different from the Muslims in charge of Iran and other Nations?

TaxPayer

February 16th, 2011
3:21 pm

If church property were not exempt from property taxes and tithes were taxable, I would have no problem with their having just as much influence over politicians as any other group. Power to the taxed people.

Doggone/GA

February 16th, 2011
3:22 pm

“If the Christian Coalition was completely in charge of our Government, does anyone honestly think they would be any different from the Muslims in charge of Iran and other Nations?”

Easy. No

Dusty

February 16th, 2011
3:25 pm

Well, after a vast array of nothing on the last blog subject, we now go to “a silly dust-up over a pretty silly law”. Thank you, Bookman, for those words. I knew you’d find a silly dust-up somewhere. Your expertise is much appreciated by your loyal libs of loose language and limited savoir-faire.

@@

February 16th, 2011
3:25 pm

The way I’ve heard it explained, Sunday sales wouldn’t boost liquor store sales. It would simply distribute what they do take in in sales over a seven day period. Nothin’ in it for them….unless, of course, functioning alcoholics saw it as an opportunity to drink even more, which I’m not sure is something we should be promoting.

Shute! Every kid needs sober parents at least one day of the week.

I’ve grown ambivalent on the Sunday sales thingy.

iRun

February 16th, 2011
3:27 pm

In regards to “politically powerful liquor-store owners who don’t want the expense of opening on Sunday”.

Until they start letting grocery stores sell hard liquor, like they do in Louisiana, then the liquor stores will ALWAYS have their own corner of the market.

Most people don’t buy their beer or wine at a liquor store unless they’re looking for something special or unless they’re looking to buy hard liquor. Opening sales of beer and wine on Sundays only cuts into the liquor stores’ market a little bitty bit.

Now, you make Georgia like Louisiana and let me buy my 1800 Tequila and Grand Marnier from Kroger…then they have a reason to be worried.

In Louisiana liquor stores are few and far between and exist mostly to sell specialty and high end alcohol. A much smaller market so there are much fewer of them.

TaxPayer

February 16th, 2011
3:27 pm

Huckabee says abortion is just like slavery. He must really want to win the Republican primary for 2012.

TaxPayer

February 16th, 2011
3:28 pm

If the goal is to reduce sales cost, then the stores could decide to sell booze on just one day a week.

harvey

February 16th, 2011
3:28 pm

I am a conservative, and as such believe in personal responsibility and less governmental intervention and support, so legalize the sales, and put the DUI drivers in the tank, but give shop owners the ability to make a little more money–it is the American way.

Doggone/GA

February 16th, 2011
3:29 pm

“If the goal is to reduce sales cost, then the stores could decide to sell booze on just one day a week”

and they could have drive-up windows, then they wouldn’t have to leave all their lights on all the time

Bosch

February 16th, 2011
3:29 pm

Another example of the religious freaks thinking they can push their crazy onto others. This is the stupidest law ever.

@@

February 16th, 2011
3:32 pm

Didn’t catch this right away:

…it’s pretty strange to see the beer aisle at my local Publix darkened one day a week just to satisfy a state law that serves no real purpose.

A one day “lights out” on the beer aisle and liquor stores.

Good for the environment…conserving energy.

godless heathen

February 16th, 2011
3:32 pm

Jay thinks that the legislators should have better things to worry about. Maybe I’m rethinking my support of the repeal of the Sunday package sales. Until the law is repealed they will dither about it every year which can keep them from doing real harm.

Bosch

February 16th, 2011
3:32 pm

““If the Christian Coalition was completely in charge of our Government”

In this state, they are.

Dusty

February 16th, 2011
3:35 pm

Bosch, 3:29

It’s those crazy drunken Episcopalians that are stirring this up!! Doncha know???

Matti

February 16th, 2011
3:37 pm

Bosch,

I say it’s high time we start pushing OUR crazy onto the religious freaks! They want us to, you know.

iRun

February 16th, 2011
3:38 pm

@Doggone/GA: and they could have drive-up windows, then they wouldn’t have to leave all their lights on all the time

You can do that at the Pitch-n-Putt oh Johnston St across from the Kroger shopping center on Clifton and Briarcliff.

Another thing in Louisiana…they have drive-thru daiquiri shops. It’s not an open container until you punch the straw through the lid.

Richard

February 16th, 2011
3:38 pm

They need to bring this to the floor for a vote. That way come next election, I’ll know exactly who is in favor of Georgia’s Prohibition and I will happily vote them out of office.

Bosch

February 16th, 2011
3:38 pm

Hey Dusty!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Matti!

Here here!!

Bosch

February 16th, 2011
3:39 pm

Why does the Christian Coalition hate democracy?

I don't need a nanny! I'm an adult!

February 16th, 2011
3:40 pm

The fact they won’t even let us vote on it is silly!

electrician

February 16th, 2011
3:40 pm

for the “THEY ARE IMPOSING THEIR WILL ON US!!” crowd.yes they are,and they are doing it through channels available to us all,mainly the right to petition the government for a cause.thats how the system works,dont blame the CC ,blame yourselves,blame your senators.but not a group of citizens that organised for their cause.they spent their time on the computer e-mailing senators.not crying about it on a blog.if you dont like it do something about it,start your own PAC.

Bosch

February 16th, 2011
3:40 pm

It’s all a pretty silly dustup over a pretty silly law. But in a way, the pure silliness of the law enhances its symbolic power. There’s no better reminder of who’s in charge than a law that is absolutely silly and that you have no choice but to obey anyway.

That’s exactly why some people are fighting hard to keep it.

It’s also the best reason I can think of to abolish it.

Oh, forgot….

TESTIFY Brother Bookman!!!!

mm

February 16th, 2011
3:40 pm

What about it wingnuts? Sounds like government overreach to me. Yeah, the government needs to stay out of our business, unless it’s republicans, of course.

The wingnuts bankrupted the entire country, now they want to recoup the losses off the backs of working folks.

Backwoods bible thumpin’ hillbillies.

Southern Comfort (B.P.O.I.B.W.)

February 16th, 2011
3:41 pm

03

Not to be rude, but when I was a teenager, there were stores or bootleggers we could get our “hooch” from 7 days a week. That law won’t do anything for teenagers. If you were truly concerned about those families, you’d be talking about prohibiting “on premise” consumption. That’s where the majority of your DUI’s originate (which was your original infraction mentioned). Teenage drinking is altogether different from DUI, and not selling alcohol on Sunday will do as much for teen drinking as a garden hose would do trying to fill the Pacific Ocean.

Dusty

February 16th, 2011
3:42 pm

I don’t know no crazy Christian Coalitionists. No sir.

It’s those crazy liberal drunks that drive me to drink (Manichevitz on holidays). A liberal drunk by any other name (athiest, etc.) is just as sweet.

JesusFreak

February 16th, 2011
3:43 pm

You can still be drunk 7 days a week, it’s called planning ahead and stocking up so you’re not without your crutch, er, alcohol. People, there’s so much more to life than masking your problems via alcohol. No need for it to have a good time, but it sure does lead to so many of society’s woes. Drunk drivers, date rape, alcoholism, abusive parents/spouses, liver damage, etc etc. What’s so good about it? I’m not missing out on much by avoiding it and am also teaching my children how full a life can be without it. Not putting down the drinkers, many of my loved ones are, but wishing our society weren’t so alcohol-driven where young people think binge drinking is fun and sadly, head in a downward spiral.

Daedalus

February 16th, 2011
3:43 pm

What’s that about the GOP favoring counties and cities to assert local control over their affairs? After all, the folks in Jessup and Hahira know what’s best for them. Except when it interferes with the conservative Christian Coalition’s agenda or when its something them godless heathen inside 285 want to do. Then, the GOP opposes local control.

Is that it?

Pinche Huevos

February 16th, 2011
3:44 pm

Your just a left winger if you want to drink on Sunday. LOL

Pinche Huevos

February 16th, 2011
3:46 pm

In GA you have to be 18 to to sell liquor but 21 to buy it .. WTF?

iRun

February 16th, 2011
3:46 pm

JesusFreak…you do realize the issue here is not really about alcohol. That’s the ENTIRE point of Jay’s blog post.

Dusty

February 16th, 2011
3:49 pm

Oh no,

Soco is remembering his “hooch” days.

Mattie is telling old jokes and doesn’t know that Bosch is an Episcoplain (That’s a Christian denomination, honey.)

mm insults HillBilly Deluxe. (A pox on you, mm!)

Bosch wants Bookman to testify. Where? In Drunk Drivers Court? I don’t doubt it..

Bruno

February 16th, 2011
3:51 pm

It’s all a pretty silly dustup over a pretty silly law.

The silliest part of it all to me is that Sunday isn’t even the true Sabbath. Basically a stupid law based on false theology.

Dusty

February 16th, 2011
3:52 pm

Thank you, electrician. You are wired right today!!

Matti

February 16th, 2011
3:52 pm

JesusFreak @ 3:43,

You are absolutely right about that! I tell the kids that alcohol and drugs are for OLD people whose lives are already over. (Like Mommy & Daddy.) They have the promise of youth, and can still make of their lives whatever they want and will work for. We’ve got mortgages, car payments, and orthodontic bills. Our illusions have already been shattered. We know our dreams will never come true. GIVE MOMMY THE DRUGS, NOW!

Pinche Huevos

February 16th, 2011
3:54 pm

Its because we have to many illegals in Ga .lol

Joe the Plutocrat

February 16th, 2011
3:55 pm

from my post on Barr’s blog this AM: again folks, this has nothing (ultimately) to do with religion or Christianity. it has to do with weak, shallow, insecure “businessmen” who do not have the savvy, fortitude and gumption to run independent liquor stores. it is a classic example of money (lobbyists) providing access to legislation, which in turn provides a competitive advantage for the few at the constitutional (legal) expense of the rest. any of you folks play chess? the “Christian right” is not playing the game, the Christian right is merely a piece (why don’t we say “the bishop”?). the Christian right has certain skills/assets, which favor the persons moving the pieces. basically, the independent liquor store lobby is about to say ‘checkmate’. it’s not some wild, crazy conspiracy. it is merely a case of an organized group furthering its very specific interest. sprinkling Christianity simply appeals to the dim-witted, backward a** god-fearing fools who inhabit this state. why doesn’t the state ban lotto sales on Sunday?

Dan

February 16th, 2011
3:57 pm

Lets understand the fundemental issue here, its not about religion, religion and safety are dupes the politicians use to leverage their power for other reasons, only 3 states do not allow sales on Sunday but almost all have some restricitons and times you can buy, different regs for stores and restaurants, different rules about beer wine and booze. a myriad of licensing laws, how many stores you can own. Heck in CT, a very liberal state, you couldn’t buy alcohol on Sunday or after 7PM any other day (maybe it was 8). So lets not give the pols what they want and blame that which is not to blame. It’s about power and leverage, the revenue difference is minimal people won’t buy more if they allow sunday sales they just won’t buy as much Sat. It will actually hurt the small stores who will have to now open on Sunday, a 14% increase in labor charges. Kroger is open anyway so, its a no brainer for them. You can’t solve a problem unless you can correctly identify the cause

Paul

February 16th, 2011
3:57 pm

Lessee….

Muslims want to impose laws to enforce their religious beliefs: bad.

Teetotalling Christians want to impose laws to enforce their religious beliefs: good.

Got it…. I think….

“who don’t want the expense of opening on Sunday”

Government Overregulation! Getting in the way of a Free Market!!!! Capitalism, not Socialism!!!!

oh, wait….. this is… what’s the word?…. oh yeah…. Different!

Jefferson

February 16th, 2011
3:59 pm

I think they should sell cocain on Sundays in grocery stores.

Voter

February 16th, 2011
4:03 pm

Vote everyone out of office that opposes this bill. Dumb as rocks. I can buy alcohol by the drink at most any restaurant on Sunday but not to go at the grocery or curb store. F*** the liquor store owners. If they don’t like it they can close on Sunday. Walmart, Publix, Kroger, Winn Dixie would love to take their customers. See that is the problem. Competition. Liquor stores are afraid of the competiton. I buy all my alcohol from the grocery store because it is cheaper.

Dan

February 16th, 2011
4:03 pm

Another obvious point too often ignored, its also not about left/right GOP/Dem, these laws were implemented during a long Dem reign in GA, and as we all know a law is harder to repeal than to implement. Those who continue to bash a party or religion, are really not objectively looking at the facts. (no surprise there)

Southern Comfort (B.P.O.I.B.W.)

February 16th, 2011
4:04 pm

Dan

It’s only an assumption that it will hurt the small stores. Kroger and other chains do not sell hard liquor. If all the hard liquor sellers decided they didn’t want to open on Sundays, that law would not make it mandatory for them to open. It still would be up to the business owner to decide. That argument is baloney. It’s nothing more than power and control.

Suckers

February 16th, 2011
4:05 pm

All Sunday sales will do is cut down on DUI’s on Saturday night around 11:44 PM making last minute beer runs.

Wait, is that a bad thing?

Dusty

February 16th, 2011
4:05 pm

Now now Joe the Pup Pluto

I”m sorry you don’t live in Georgia. Obviously you live in Kansas, Michigan, Pennsylvania or some other state with dim-witted, backward a** god fearing fools. According to your language, I can only assume that the schools there are not very good either.

Come on down to Georgia and enjoy the hospitality. Our mint juleps are special. Just order one with your Sunday dinner at Petite Auberge and ENJOY!! Atlanta awaits your presence…

JRev

February 16th, 2011
4:07 pm

JesusFreak, I hate to burst your bubble, but religion has caused more woe to humans than alcohol or any other drug ever could. Nearly every war in our history was caused by religion. If you don’t want to buy alcohol on Sunday, you are more than welcome, but in America, we should have the FREEDOM to decide. Or, would you accept a muslim law (or another religion) that dictated to YOU how to live your life and was antithetical to your beliefs? Hmmm? I thought not.

Dan

February 16th, 2011
4:08 pm

Voter at least a couple people understand the crux of the matter, pols are more than happy to let religion be the bad guy in this, it deflects attention from their selfish reasons. I like your idea of the cheaper grocery stores, unfortunately they don’t have some of the better items or liquor

TaxPayer

February 16th, 2011
4:09 pm

I think there should be a law against selling politicians on Sunday.

Richard

February 16th, 2011
4:10 pm

What kind of Socialist, Marxist, Communist, government loving lunatic would consider not voting for this bill?

Oh yeah, Republicans.

Dusty

February 16th, 2011
4:11 pm

Nooo, PAUL.

Unlike some Texans, we just don’t like DRUNKS! We aggrevate them by making them think about their booze a day ahead.

BTITH

February 16th, 2011
4:14 pm

Jay, what other social conservative group are you talking about? As far as I can tell, this is the bible-thumpers and liquor store owners.

Dusty

February 16th, 2011
4:14 pm

Taxpayer.

There already is a law against selling politicians on Sunday. The capitol building is shut down on that day..

patriot

February 16th, 2011
4:16 pm

Now you see what government regulations are ACTUALLY about. There has never been a regulation proposed that didn’t receive the complete approval of the business or industry being “regulated.” It is all about creating a monopoly, disenfranchising a competitor, raising the bar of entry into the market or some such similar tact. Liberals who actually think that regulations from government are good are both naive and ignorant. They never have been nor never will be about product safety, protecting consumers, or any other such nonsense. They are all about keeping the friends of government happy while making the dupes in the populace think that government is doind something on their behalf. The rest of the world is working towards more freedom while we in the US are doing everything we can to allow government to destroy ours. What a sad truth about america. What a sad state is Georgia.

jm

February 16th, 2011
4:16 pm

love Christie.

“He said America is about doing the big things,” he riffed. “I’m not saying he copied me… but I think it’s important to note it because of what he says the big things are. He says the big things are high-speed rail. The big things are high-speed internet access. … Ladies and gentleman, that is the candy of American politics. Those are not the big things. Because let me tell you something: If we don’t fix the real big things, there won’t be electric cars on the road.”

He added, “My children’s future and your children’s future is more important than some political strategy.”

In a clear shot at congressional Republicans over calls for curbing entitlement programs, he said, “When we say entitlement programs, we should be specific. You’re gonna have to raise the retirement age for social security. Whoo-hoo! I said it, and I’m still standing here. I did not vaporize into the carpet.”

He said the same is true for Medicare and Medicaid.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/49660.html#ixzz1E9uUixYH

Jefferson

February 16th, 2011
4:18 pm

Don’t fool yourselves people, I know a bootlegger or two Sunday to go is not a problem.

David

February 16th, 2011
4:19 pm

How is it that even when I agree with what Jay Bookman has to say I still think he misses the point. No seriously he does have it right when he calls it a silly law, he is right when he points out it’s about power and symbolism. He misses the point when it comes down to the most basic of questions. What reason does a government have to deny to it’s citizens the right to conduct buisness for a legal product on one specific day? The answer is that government has no real legal or moral obligation to prevent it’s citizens from conducting this action.

Paul

February 16th, 2011
4:19 pm

Dusty

“We aggravate them by making them think about their booze a day ahead.”

Were you the kid who liked to poke a stick into the lion’s cage?

0311/0317 - 1811/1801

February 16th, 2011
4:20 pm

Doggone/GA 3:22 pm

“If the Christian Coalition was completely in charge of our Government, does anyone honestly think they would be any different from the Muslims in charge of Iran and other Nations?”

Oh yes they would ! They would probably like burning at the stake instead of stoning or beheading.

That’s just my guess.

Pogo

February 16th, 2011
4:21 pm

This one truly is “mineur”. If people want to drink they will and they will find ways to get it no matter the day. And they do. Though born and raised in the extreme bible belt (Southern Georgia), I have never understood what this blue law is supposed to accomplish. I think it has more to do with a bunch of hypocritical politicians (who are mostly a bunch of lushes themselves) cowtowing to their so-called religious constituents to garner their votes by playing upon the latters bible thumping self-righteousness. This one should be gone. Using the logic behind the law, maybe the religious voters that support this law should demand that all drug stores be closed on Sunday because a large percentage of the population is stoned out of its mind on Xanax and opioids or other psychoactive drugs every Sunday, including of course them. Oh, wouldn’t the blue hairs love it if their “nerve pill” prescriptions couldn’t be filled on Sunday because CVS was closed? There would be hell to pay.

iRun

February 16th, 2011
4:22 pm

Dusty, why are you all “if you consume alcohol you must be a drunk”?

Is that the only type of drinker you know? The miserable fool who drowns his reality?

What about those of us who like a nice bitter IPA to enhance a spicy BBQ? Or that buttery chardonnay to complement the orange roughy?

It’s not all about “being a drunk”.

Geesh…

Joe the Plutocrat

February 16th, 2011
4:23 pm

Dusty, I appreciate you taking to the time to read my screed, but funny you should mention “education”. I’m pretty sure is 48th out of 50 states in that department. also, I am not much for mint juleps, as I prefer my bourbon neat; or maybe on the rocks, but unlike Kentucky, I can’t buy borubon on Sundays. seriously, did you read State Sen Seabaugh’s comments? apparently, his most compelling reason for not allowing citizens to decide at the local level – which is what the bill calls for – is (paraphrase) because the GA Constitution says “we’re (politicians) the deciders”. this is a political play and nothing more. but you know what I find most insulting? the idea that some right-wing “Christian” loon can walk around the state capitol and command the attention of lawmakers (compelling some to actually kiss his ring) with all this talk of “scorecards” and whatnot. with all due respect to our host, it’s not a “silly” law, it is a depressing, stupid, pointless law. it’s classic overreaching, nanny state nonsense. where is the “free market/small government/anti-Obamacare” (tea party) pitchfork and torch crowd when you need them?

Southern Comfort (B.P.O.I.B.W.)

February 16th, 2011
4:23 pm

Liberals who actually think that regulations from government are good are both naive and ignorant. They never have been nor never will be about product safety, protecting consumers, or any other such nonsense.

So, instead of regulations for clean drinking water, we should just let a few people die or turn dayglo green and then sue the water providers to clean up their act? Okies….. regulations = bad; free markets = good

No regulations for disposing of hazardous wastes. When everyone’s backyard is a superfund site, there’s free market opportunity for hazardous waste clean up companies to make money. They’ll have to work fast before their customers die off… regulations = bad; free markets = good…..

Daisy Duke

February 16th, 2011
4:24 pm

Separation of church and state? My arse!! Alcohol sales have noting to do with faith. We cant have any reference to God in any state or federal building, but we can outlaw sunday liquor sales?? Just doesnt make sense. Terrorists dont need to worry about ruining America…we’re doing a find job at that on our own, with all this lack of integrity and self-entitlement.

oh…how we have forgotten…”its not what your country can do for you, but what can you do for your country!!”

iRun

February 16th, 2011
4:24 pm

“My sisters and we always looked forward to sunday when we went to the church and came home and our father was not in alcohol that day.”

Besides being incoherent, this is nonsense. The people I know who actually are alcoholics are never without it, no matter the day of the week.

Southern Comfort (B.P.O.I.B.W.)

February 16th, 2011
4:26 pm

Pogo & Pluto Joe

BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!

Paul

February 16th, 2011
4:27 pm

iRun

Goodtime’s next to the last line about counting was the tipoff it wasn’t a serious post -

road runner

February 16th, 2011
4:29 pm

I think the best reason to abolish this stupid law is that it is embarrassing to the state. As the article mentions, it is mostly a symbolic gesture to the religious right and truly doesn’t stop anyone from drinking. I lived in Pennsylvania (one of the other 2 states that ban Sunday liquor sales). They also have State run alcohol stores (talk about a conflict of morale and eithical behavior!). They just recently (past 3-4 years) started opening a few of the border alcohol stores on Sunday because they were losing too much revenue with people crossing state lines into New Jersey, Maryland, New York and Ohio. Before that, the PA State alcohol sales UNION fought Sunday sales because it meant they would have to work on Sunday! I think we should deregulate and allow each community to decide for themselves. That would be. . . “of the people, by the people, for the people”. Of course, that will never fly!

luangtom

February 16th, 2011
4:32 pm

Why do the same people that clamor for less intrusion of government into the affairs of the church wish to induce the government to rule according to their wishes? Separate church and state and let the voters be polled to project their wishes, not that of any religious wing of the citizenry.

And, if one really wants to get into the discussion, did not the Bible say that “the day of rest” was the seventh day? Did God not take his time-out after what many believe was Creation on the seventh day? Well, folks, on my calendar, the seventh day is Saturday………

iRun

February 16th, 2011
4:32 pm

@ Paul, yes, but I wanted to discuss the point anyway. It’s one that serious contenders bring up.

Atlantan

February 16th, 2011
4:34 pm

Wow Jay – I agree it is completely silly. How does buying alcohol on Sunday affect one’s right to life, liberty or the pursuit of happiness. It certainly restricts one’s rights anti-alcohol folks.

I think some folks have forgotten the first miracle of Jesus. Guess they would’ve been pretty upset at the thought of more wine at the party.

Paul

February 16th, 2011
4:35 pm

And speaking of church/state intermingling,

If we’d let churches marry whoever they want and not marry whoever they want and call it marriage.

And let civil authorities civilly unite anyone with a license and call it a civil union.

And give both categories the same rights, responsibilities and protections of law –

Maybe then we’d have a real ‘live and let live’ society.

Mick

February 16th, 2011
4:36 pm

People of georgia, my advice to you is, “drink heavily”.

0311/0317 - 1811/1801

February 16th, 2011
4:36 pm

Headline: “WH’s Carney Deflects Question on Iranian Warships In Suez”

Well, the new press secretary is just right for the job as it’s all about deflecting.

0311/0317 - 1811/1801

February 16th, 2011
4:38 pm

George W. Bush
February 16th, 2011
4:26 pm

“God is not mocked …………. ”

I feel for you.

oldtimer

February 16th, 2011
4:38 pm

Hey….Strange Jay Bookman and Neil Boortz AGREE….And the earth is still here.Ga and TN the last two states with antiquated laws.

jm

February 16th, 2011
4:39 pm

Obama is all hat, not cattle.

Dusty

February 16th, 2011
4:39 pm

IRUN, you ol’ drunk

Anybody who would mess up barbeque and orange roughy with alcohol is bound to be a …DRUNK!! Now champagne, that’s different!

jm

February 16th, 2011
4:39 pm

typo. all hat no cattle.

Paul

February 16th, 2011
4:40 pm

oldtimer

Here in Texas it varies by city. Some have Sunday opening, some don’t.

It’s a real mess.

0311/0317 - 1811/1801

February 16th, 2011
4:42 pm

WE/VE LOST OUR SOCIALIST MINDS !

Headline: “Obama’s HHS Is Bigger Than LBJ’s Government”

“Anyone who doubts that the trend toward socialism is pushing America toward ruin should examine the historical tables President Obama published Monday along with his $3.7 trillion budget.

In fiscal 2011, according to these tables, the Department of Health and Human Services will spend $909.7 billion. In fiscal 1965, the entire federal government spent $118.228 billion.

Taking inflation into account, it’s still $87.1 billion more.”

Fred

February 16th, 2011
4:43 pm

It seems like Christians that observe the Sabbath as a day of rest should not be shopping anywhere on Sunday. So my question is how will the Christian Coalition know without breaking the Sabbath?

jm

February 16th, 2011
4:43 pm

You’d think more city folk (like myself) would be Republicans. You get to witness the failures of government every single damn day.

Hell, out in the country, you don’t hardly need government for much…. maybe that’s where I need to go. Cody Wyoming. Me and Alan Simpson.